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Mary Stuart Wannamaker

Mary Stuart Wannamaker

Contracted Operations Manager for Mothering Across Continents' NewGen Peacebuilders - Bolivia

Mothering Across Continents

Charlotte, North Carolina Area

My interests lie in sustainable international development, peace-building, human rights and international relations as a whole. As a young graduate student and working contractor in the field, I am constantly eager to build on old ideas with new ones, expand my horizons and progress my career development within international ...

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Mothering Across Continents

Contracted Operations Manager for Mothering Across Continents' NewGen Peacebuilders - Bolivia

Mothering Across Continents (MAC), headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is a 501c3 non-profit through which volunteer "catalysts"‚Äč receive consulting, coaching and mentoring to develop dream projects that help raise tomorrow's leaders. We've launched and supported projects in four continents. Projects often take place in an impoverished location, begin with a pilot and "seed" funding, revolve around education, nutrition, health, joy and peace, and are monitored to achieve dramatic results and become models.

As a program of MAC, NewGen Peacebuilders is a youth peace education program designed for high school and university students (14 to 25). It draws on principles of peace education familiar to Rotary Peace Fellows as well as best practices in peace and global education for youth. The program was designed by Rotary Peace Fellow Patricia Shafer (US) with collaboration and input from Rotary Peace Fellows Phill Gittins (UK), Carla Lineback (US) and Pranisa Ekachote (Thailand). One of the key elements/outcomes of this youth peace education program is a team peace education project that youth complete. These projects have spanned education inequality, poverty, domestic violence, international/cultural bridge-building and peace conference planning and management. The program content is global/universal in nature, but also adapted/adaptable to local language, issues and cultural circumstances.

The program was taught and facilitated in the US and Bolivia in 2013 and 2014. It is anticipated to be facilitated in the US, Bolivia, Mexico, South Sudan, Ghana and Thailand. During the 2015-2016 school year, as expansion through the US continues, Bolivia will simultaneously be the first year-long, international program for youth of its kind.

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